Actor and comedian Kevin Hart was announced as host of the Academy Awards on Tuesday [File: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters]

Actor and comedian Kevin Hart announced on Friday he would back out of hosting the Academy Awards after homophobic tweets he posted several years ago surfaced.

The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, are the world’s most important annual film awards.

Hart, who starred in Ride Along and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, said he

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